Programs such as the following play critical roles in achieving council’s conservation and education goals.
Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Rachel Kester – CHP Program Director 814-359-5233
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) provides leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania’s coldwater streams. For more information on the Coldwater Heritage Partnership, see: https://www.coldwaterheritage.org/
Trout in the Classroom
Rachel Kestert, Program Coordinator 814-359-5233
Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students learn about coldwater conservation while raising trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curriculum needs. Therefore, each program is unique. For more information on Trout in the Classroom, see: https://www.patroutintheclassroom.org/
Forever Wild Grants
Rachel Kester, Program Director 814-359-5233
The Forever Wild grant fund which is funded in part through the sale of “Back the Brookie” license plates awards mini-grants of up to $1,500 directly to chapters to complete projects and programs that relate to the protection and restoration of Pennsylvania’s wild trout species and which further the objective of education and outreach to communities within the Commonwealth about the importance of our coldwater resources and their conservation. Grant applications are typically accepted May through July each year. Click here to purchase a plate.
PATU Veteran Service Partnership
The PATU Veteran Service Partnership is a family fishing program for veterans conducted by the Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited chapters in our local communities and waters. Whether you are a veteran, family member or streamside mentor, the VSP Program is open to all without charge. Go to our Facebook page or contact Bill Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Angstadt at email@example.com for more information.
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Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative
Amy Wolfe- TU NE Coldwater Habitat Program Director 570-748-4901
Throughout Pennsylvania, native brook trout are at risk. Pressures from poor land management,natural resource development and other problems have reduced the number of fish and fishing opportunities throughout the state.
TU is embarking on a new project, working to restore brook trout habitat in several important watersheds in Pennsylvania, by reconnecting rivers and streams, repairing and replacing culverts where fish can’t swim through and will, overall, increase places for fish to live.
Keystone Coldwater Conference
The Keystone Coldwater Conference is a biennial conference that promotes the sharing of ideas between diverse groups with common interests and causes to protect, conserve and restore Pennsylvania’s coldwater resources. The audience is primarily grassroots organizations, watershed and sportsmen’s groups, and other environmentally active citizens, including college students and professionals from conservation districts, agencies and consulting firms.
Eastern Abandoned Mine Program
Amy Wolfe – TU NE Coldwater Habitat Program Director 570-748-4901
Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Abandoned Mine Program (EAMP) is focused on the conservation, protection, and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds that have been impacted by historic coal mining throughout the Appalachian region. With more than 8,000 stream miles polluted from abandoned mine drainage (AMD) just between Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone, AMD is cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as the single largest threat to the Appalachian environment. The main focus for Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Abandoned Mine Program is the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative (WBSRI), which is a comprehensive and collaborative effort aimed at the restoration of coldwater streams and the ultimate recovery of the West Branch Susquehanna River.
Web Site: https://www.tu.org/tu-projects/eastern-abandoned-mines-program
Dirt and Gravel Roads Program
Created in 2001, the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies is contracted by the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) to provide services to PA’s Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program. The center’s efforts on this front include: Web Site: http://www.dirtandgravelroads.org/
First Cast is TU’s nationwide initiative to introduce youth to coldwater conservation through angling. The program is the result of a ground-breaking partnership between TU and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), working on the premise that many of our most dedicated conservationists are also avid anglers.
Web Site: http://www.tu.org/conservation/outreach-education/first-cast-program
PATU Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Clark Hall 717-697-4549
The award winning camp continues to emphasize improving our cold water resources by addressing environmental issues as well as teaching fly fishing techniques. The lessons and memories from camp will last a lifetime and will encourage students to become active immediately as well as grow into leaders of the future.
Web Site: http://www.riverscamp.com
Keystone/TU Teens Conservation Summer Camp
Charlie Charlesworth 570-954-5042
Keystone/TU Teens Conservation Summer Camp is a collaborative effort between Keystone College and several northeastern PA chapters of Trout Unlimited that instructs teens in the art of fly fishing, while at the same time learning about conservation and the environmental sciences involved in the protection and enhancement of coldwater environments.
PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps
Jake Lemon- TU Mid-Atlantic Angler Science Coordinator: 814-779-3965
National TU and the PA Council have teamed up to develop and implement a stream surveillance program called the PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps (CCC) to monitor water resources, conduct visual assessments, and report violations of state environmental laws to appropriate state agencies. CCC volunteers provide an extra set of eyes and ears on the ground, ensuring that special watersheds and coldwater resources are protected from the threats of environmental degradation. The complete CCC Field Manual and training videos can be found on the Documents page.
PATU College Outreach Program / 5 Rivers Program
This initiative is designed to involve local chapters in attracting and recruiting younger TU members to become actively involved with TU activities. The basis for this program is the development of contact lists with both student and faculty groups at local colleges. Guidelines for developing a plan tailored to a specific college are available from Charlesworth at 570-954-5042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TU 5 Rivers program organizes campus clubs that teach students fly casting and fly tying and also provide volunteer stream conservation activities on the members’ home waters. Students in TU 5 Rivers Clubs have the chance to join a sponsoring TU Chapter in their region, lend a young voice, and help shape the TU of tomorrow.